NEW YORK (The N/ www.the-n.com) - The N, the nighttime network for teens, will premiere Miracle's Boys, the network's first-ever dramatic mini-series that centers around three half-Puerto Rican, half-African-American, orphaned teenage brothers living in Harlem, NY and their struggle to hold their family together.
The mini-series, which was shot entirely on location in Harlem, will premiere in three, hour-long installments on The N during Black
History Month. Miracle's Boys (Part 1) will premiere on Friday, February 18, from 9:00-10:00 p.m. (ET), with Parts II and III premiering that same weekend on Saturday, February 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) and Sunday, February 20 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET), respectively. Miracle's Boys is based on the award-winning novel of the same name, by young adult author Jacqueline Woodson.
Miracle's Boys was directed by Spike Lee, LeVar Burton, Bill Duke, Ernest Dickerson and Neema Barnette. In addition, the Miracle's Boys theme song was written and performed by recording artist NAS. The three-part mini-series also features appearances by All-Stars NY Yankees' catcher Jorge Posada and NY Giants' running back Tiki Barber, who play baseball coaches of the Harlem Teen League.
Miracle's Boys is executive produced by Nikki Silver, Orly Wiseman and David C. McCourt for On Screen Entertainment, in conjunction with Tonya Lewis Lee.
The character-driven teen series reflects the humor and drama of theeveryday lives of the Bailey brothers - Lafayette (14 years old), Charlie (16 years old) and Ty'ree (20 years old), whose beloved mother, Milagros (Spanish for 'Miracle'), has recently died and whose father is also deceased. This captivating and honest story begins the day Charlie comes home after spending a year in juvenile detention. Charlie returns to find Ty'ree in charge of the family, but Ty'ree is barely an adult himself. Lafayette idolizes Charlie and tries to get him involved in his life until Lafayette realizes his secret crush has eyes for his brother.
The series follows the trio as they are faced with the challenges of raising themselves. The drama is fueled by the sites and sounds of this historic Harlem neighborhood, which serves as a backdrop in the story of the three brothers who struggle against large odds. Brother to brother to brother, will they survive?
Meet the Bailey brothers:
* Ty'ree (POOCH HALL) - After the death of their mother, the oldest brother makes a tough decision. He puts his life on hold and gives up a scholarship to MIT in order to stay home and take care of his two younger brothers.
* Charlie (SEAN NELSON) - The middle brother has just returned home after a one-year stint at a juvenile detention center. He has a major chip on his shoulder and doesn't particularly care for Ty'ree's new role as the head of the household.
* Lafayette (JULITO MCCULLUM) - The youngest brother, mislabeled the "quiet one," is caught in the middle of his battling brothers and struggles to maintain his normal 14-year-old life of baseball and girls. Lafayette sustains a blinding love for Charlie, who always disappoints him.
The following is a description of each episode:
Episode 1 (Spike Lee): New Charlie: Charlie returns home after a year in Juvenile detention to find that everything has changed. After the death of their mother, Ty'ree is now in charge and Lafayette discovers that "new Charlie" is not the brother he knew.
Episode 2 (Ernest Dickerson): In the Game of Life: Lafayette's crush on Angelina grows. After a humiliating return to school and a first meeting with his parole officer, Charlie hooks up with a bad crowd.
Episode 3 (Neema Barnette): Who's to Blame?: Ty'ree meets the girl of his dreams. Lafayette throws a party that gets out of hand. Charlie is missing and the social worker is on the way.
Episode 4 (Bill Duke): Miracle's Song: Charlie steals money from the family safe. Lafayette needs help to make the team. Ty'ree's parenting skills are pushed to the limit.
Episode 5 (LeVar Burton): Free Day: Lafayette tries to tell Angelina how he feels. Charlie stays out all night and falls in deeper with the wrong crowd.
Episode 6 (Spike Lee): Bond of Brothers: Charlie's arrest and confession brings the family together.